Industrial sabotage to blame for broken Playstation 4 consoles?

We’ve heard reports about a small percentage of PlayStation 4 consoles shipping with defects. The latest rumors surfacing point to an unlikely cause: industrial sabotage. A Foxconn Intern working in Yantai, China has claimed that poor working conditions led employees to issue a silent protest, by breaking PS4 consoles on purpose.

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The translated quote from the student was listed as follows English:

Since foxconn are not treating us well, we will not treat ps4 console well. The ps4 console we assemble can be turned on at best

I got a bit different of a result when translating myself:

One such high-end products, this is Sony and Microsoft unite against Apple key step, but unfortunately a small Japanese handed it to Foxconn, Foxconn brought them over to our group of interns North believe that it is wrong, this time it really wrong, Foxconn did not treat us as human beings, we do not see it as a high-end product, in addition to cope or deal with, these products can reboot is our highest expectations, ha ha, etc. ps4 9 月 9 officially listed, it is the Sony losses and the closure of Foxconn day! ! Common pray!

Then there is the text prior to translation, for the DIY folk out there:

这么高端的一个产品,这可是索尼和微软联合起来对抗苹果的关键一步,可不幸的是小日本把它交给了富士康,富士康又把他们交给了我们这群北信实习生,它错了,它这次真的错了,富士康没把我们当人看,我们也没把它当成高端产品看,除了应付还是应付,这批产品能正常开机是我们最高的期望,哈哈,等ps4 9月9日正式上市的时候就是索尼亏损和富士康倒闭的日子!!共同祈祷吧!

This could be an isolated incident of one student causing trouble. This could be a fraud pretending to be a Foxconn employee just to cause a stir. Nobody knows… but it’s an interesting idea to kick around none the less.

Foxconn is no stranger to controversy, just take a look at these Apple related headlines for proof:

Given the nature of the Chinese government, I doubt these reports will become anything more than internet fodder, but it’s something to consider if you’ve been left with a bricked PS4 and have been blaming Sony.

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  • Gamer Mania

    If that was the case then the Xbox Ones people got early would have had a fault HDMI port. I think people are looking for an excuse to blame the poor workers who have to deal with bad conditions.

  • The True Gamer

    Does this mean the failure rate could be over .4%? Should i be concerned?

    • Gamer Mania

      Not really, the rest of the PS4s are still working.

      • The True Gamer

        ok. thanks!

        • Nolawolf

          Yeah mines fine.. Been playing like 20 hours so far

    • robjackson81

      I don’t think you should be concerned. Sounds like the problem is limited to this particular plant in this particular location in China. And even then… who knows of the rumors legitimacy.

      But I ran the story and I did so because I think it’s important for people to keep in mind that the success of the PS4 doesn’t solely lie in the hands of Sony. It’s a product that 3rd parties help make, both on the hardware and software side.

      I think this story illustrates how many opportunities there are for stuff to “go wrong” without the fault being on Sony.

      • The True Gamer

        thanks!

      • Fweds

        “I think this story illustrates how many opportunities there are for stuff to “go wrong” without the fault being on Sony.”

        It is the responsibility of the manufacturer though Sony in this case to do everything possible to see that it doesn’t happen by using strict quality control etc at all levels throughout the process.

    • THATdoodNAHmean

      You should be concerned. It’s over 9000.

  • Mikey Styles

    Yikes! If true can any of us blame them for wanting some better conditions or equal rights as workers? Sucks to hear that things are that bad they’d sabotage systems.

  • Luckeh

    Childish

    • Wulgus

      You mean people who play video games? I agree.

      • Kim Sanderhoff

        But not as childish as people trolling.

        • Wulgus

          boooo hoooo

  • Chronic Gang

    Damn students ruined my ps4

    • Gamer Mania

      Yeah, fucking 10 year olds fucking destroying my PS4 (People who thumbs this guy down… he was joking, just like I’m doing)

  • Rinslowe

    I doubt this is true…

  • http://www.wuliong.com/ Linghong Hu

    The student disclosed his school’s name. I wonder whether Foxconn will retaliate.

  • Commish of hangin’

    Man, the translation job on this is awful. Here’s a better one courtesy of my friend:

    “The PS4 is going to disappoint the market. It was a product made by Sony and Microsoft, and it was supposed to compete against Apple. However, they contracted the task out to Foxconn. Foxconn made the interns slave away, so they designed the product to sabotage Foxconn. The day that the PS4 is released will be the day that Sony and Foxconn go bankrupt.”

    She thinks that this was written by someone who hates Japan, which is a common feeling in China.

  • ed9065

    Google had a slightly different one:

    Such a high-end product, this is Sony and Microsoft unite against Apple key step, but unfortunately a small Japanese gave it to Foxconn, Foxconn brought them over to our group of interns North believe that it is wrong, this time it really wrong, Foxconn did not treat us as human beings, we do not see it as a high-end product, in addition to cope or deal with, these products can reboot is our highest expectations, ha ha, etc. ps4 9 月 9 when Sony is officially listed Foxconn losses and the closure of the day! ! Pray together

    • ed9065

      9 月 9 means the ninth month and 9th day